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Omaha Salvation Army 2015 Annual Report

Volunteering is an investment that goes both ways

Wanda Utecht isn’t one to sit back and wait for things to happen – it’s why she has worked to make a difference as a volunteer with The Salvation Army for so many years and part of the reason why she loves being on its Women’s Auxiliary board of directors.

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Krispy Kreme Bell Ringer of the Day
Bell Ringing to Take Place at Borsheims This Saturday



The Salvation Army bell ringers are a cherished symbol of Christmas. They represent the giving holiday spirit so strongly displayed in Omaha and its surrounding communities. This Saturday, Borsheims is hosting a special day of bell ringing at the Regency store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Media will be on site helping ring bells. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Samantha from KISS FM will be ringing. Montez from KISS FM will be helping fill the red kettle from noon to 2 p.m. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tom Becka from KPTM Fox 42 News will be ringing. Salvation Army Advisory Board members will also be ringing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Platinum American Eagle Coin Found in a Salvation Army Red Kettle in Omaha


A Platinum American Eagle Coin (2007), weighing 1/10 of an ounce, was found in a Salvation Army red kettle over the weekend at Mangelsen’s in southwest Omaha. The .999 per ounce pure platinum coin is worth an estimated $339 to $350.

The design for the coin was done by John Mercanti, who is also known for designing the reverse of the silver eagle. The front of the coin shows the Statue of Liberty and the date while the reverse side of the coin shows the weight, purity and denomination. The classic platinum eagle shows a bald eagle soaring through the sky with the sun and its rays just behind it.

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The Salvation Army Requests Men's Coats for Winter Night Watch



For 27 years, The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch program has helped make cold winter nights bearable for the homeless and near-homeless of Omaha. This program is issuing a call for clean, usable men’s coats of all sizes. In addition to coats, men’s crew socks and knit hats are also a great need. Coats, socks and hats may be dropped off at the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services building, 10629 Burt Circle.

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Beam Signing to Take Place at the Omaha Kroc Center

Officials from The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha will hold a “Leave Your Mark!” beam signing ceremony at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. Kroc Center members are invited to leave their mark by signing their names on a steel beam that will be used during construction of the Kroc Center’s enhancement project.

Senior Kroc Center Officer Todd Thielke said, “We are very excited about this opportunity and we believe this will help us be more effective in helping our guests discover and develop their God-given talents. We want Kroc Center members and guests, who benefit so much from this community center, to have a feeling of ownership. By signing the beam, they become part of this facility for generations to come.”

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The Salvation Army Continues toward Its Tree of Lights Campaign Goal


The Salvation Army 2016 Tree of Lights Campaign goal in Omaha has been set at $2.5 million. This goal includes gifts received from individuals, businesses, red kettles, foundations and organizations. To date, The Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign has raised $749,739, which is 30 percent of The Salvation Army’s total goal for 2016.


This Christmas season, 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to our Human Needs Fund. This fund supports programs focused on seven areas of need in the Omaha community: food, housing, youth development, material assistance, behavioral health, older adult services and anti-human trafficking.

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The Salvation Army's Winter Night Watch Approaches Its 28th Year of Services



For 27 years, The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch program has helped make cold winter nights bearable for the homeless and near-homeless of Omaha. The mobile feeding program will make its first run of the season on Thursday evening, Dec. 1, departing at 6 p.m. from The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services building, 10629 Burt Circle. Winter Night Watch takes aid directly to the streets, providing low income and often homeless people with a hot meal and warm clothing. While the program meets the immediate physical needs of people, it also offers individuals counseling and the opportunity to move off the streets.

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The Salvation Army to Host Big Red Kettle Reception in Bellevue


The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and Marathon Ventures will host a Salvation Army Red Kettle Reception this Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

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The Salvation Army and Omaha Fire Department Food Drive to Help Stock Pantry Shelves during the Holidays


The Omaha Fire Department and The Salvation Army are building upon their food collection partnership to include the 2016 Holiday Donation Station Food Drive. This partnership will provide food for The Salvation Army’s food pantries to help those at risk for hunger during this holiday season.

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The Salvation Army Sets Tree of Lights Campaign Goal


The Salvation Army 2016 Tree of Lights Campaign goal in Omaha has been set at $2.5 million. This goal includes gifts received from individuals, businesses, red kettles, foundations and organizations.
 
This Christmas season, 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to our Human Needs Fund. This fund supports programs focused on seven areas of need in the Omaha community: food, housing, youth development, material assistance, behavioral health, older adult services and anti-human trafficking.

The Salvation Army in Omaha will serve approximately 100,000 of the community’s most vulnerable citizens this year through food, housing, material assistance, youth development, older adult services, behavioral health and the anti-human trafficking program. To date, The Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign has raised $326,138, which will have a great impact on providing for the best programs and services year-round. 

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The Salvation Army Hosts 25th Annual TurkeyFest


Thanksgiving Meals Still Available – Register by nov. 18


This Thanksgiving Day, The Salvation Army will sponsor its 25th annual TurkeyFest. The event takes place at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street, on Nov. 24. The city-wide feeding effort provides a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner to older adults who would otherwise have none. It also assures that older adults are not alone on the holiday. The Salvation Army plans to deliver more than 1,200 complete dinners.

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The Salvation Army Kicks off Tree of Lights Campaign and Red Kettle Drive



The Salvation Army turned the switch on the newly redesigned Tree of Lights, marking the beginning of its holiday campaign. Salvation Army officials and campaign leaders were present for the ceremony at the Tree of Lights located on the northeast corner of 90th & Dodge streets. Honorary Co-Chairmen Ellen and Scot Thompson lead the 2016 campaign.

The Tree of Lights Kickoff signals the beginning of a year-round fundraising initiative for The Salvation Army’s Human Needs Fund. The Red Kettle Drive is part of the overall Tree of Lights Campaign. The Red Kettle goal is $750,000.

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The Salvation Army's First Ring of the Season to Kick off Red Kettle Campaign


What:
The Salvation Army First Ring of the Season by Major Randall Summit, North Corps Community Center officer. The Salvation Army band will provide musical entertainment.

When: 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11

Where: Family Fare, 820 Saddle Creek Rd.

Why: To mark the beginning of the Red Kettle Campaign and the season of giving

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The Salvation Army's Annual Christmas Toy Lift Brings Holiday Spirit to Children
The Salvation Army helps deliver Christmas cheer to local children. With the holidays fast approaching, local families are readying themselves for the delight of Christmas Day, but there are some families in the metro that find it hard to get into the Christmas spirit, and that’s where The Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Lift steps in.

For the past 13 years, The Salvation Army has provided incarcerated family members of Douglas County Correctional and Youth Centers the chance to give their children a merry Christmas.  What started as a program for approximately 600 children grew to over 1,000 last year.

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Public Invited to Tree of Lights Kickoff Ceremony


The Salvation Army and American National Bank welcome the public to the annual Tree of Lights Kickoff on Friday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. at American National Bank, located on the corner of 90th and Dodge Streets. 

The public is welcome to attend the celebration and lighting ceremony. The brand new Tree of Lights weighs more than 6,000 pounds, stands 75 feet tall and is illuminated by 80,000 LED lights, 600 LED snowflakes, and a six-foot LED star on top.

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The Salvation Army in Need of Volunteers for Holiday Season


Christmas assistance sign-up client interviews continue this week to help The Salvation Army Army identify families most in need of assistance during the holiday season.

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Red Kettle Run Is Back to Benefit The Salvation Army Human Needs Fund


The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Run has returned! The Red Kettle 5K Run/Walk for a Reason will take place this Saturday, Nov. 5, at 9:30 a.m. at Zorinsky Lake, 156th and F Street (south pavilion entrance).

The goal of this event is to bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s Human Needs Fund, which supports crucial programs that serve seven major needs in our Omaha community: food, housing, youth development, material assistance, behavioral health, older adult services and anti-human trafficking. 


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Free Pumpkin Patch Party at The Salvation Army Kroc Center


Arrive in costume and celebrate autumn with The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St., for the sixth annual Pumpkin Patch Party. The party is Saturday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. Children of all ages and their families are welcome to attend in costume. Last year more than 600 children and parents turned out for the event.


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The Salvation Army New Tree of Lights to Be Assembled This Weekend


The Salvation Army will transport its 75-foot Tree of Lights from the University of Nebraska Medical Center to American National Bank at the corner of 90th and Dodge on Friday, Oct. 28. This year, the Tree of Lights is completely redesigned. The transport of the new Tree of Lights, designed by Brite Ideas Decorating, consists of 80,000 LED lights and 600 snowflakes with a redesigned 6-foot LED star.


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The Salvation Army Prepared and Serving as Hurricane Matthew Bears Down


The Salvation Army across Tampa Bay is actively at work today as Hurricane Matthew sets its sight for the east coast of Florida. In Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, The Salvation Army is manning stations at each of their respective Emergency Operation Centers prepared to serve as needed throughout the storm.

The Salvation Army is on site at the State Fairgrounds prepared to serve meals when needed as neighbors from the east coast seek shelter. "We are honored to help provide comfort and relieve some stress by providing a warm meal as our friends from the east seek safety," said Captain Andy Miller of The Salvation Army of Tampa/Hillsborough County.


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ABATE of Nebraska District 6 Annual Toy Run on Oct. 2
The 37th annual ABATE Toy Run for The Salvation Army, sponsored by Nebraska District 6, takes place this Sunday, Oct. 2.

Motorcyclists begin gathering at Holstein Harley Davidson, 4940 S 72nd St., at noon. At 1 p.m. more than 100 expected participants begin heading to Bushwackers, 7401 Main Street in Ralston. Santa Claus is joining the Toy Run, led by Omaha Police Department escorts. Riders strapped with new Christmas toys are expected to arrive at Bushwackers by 1:30 p.m. All motorcycle riders are welcome.

New, unwrapped toy donations are being accepted. If riders can’t make the event and still wish to donate, please contact Michelle with District 6, 402-981-0602 to arrange for toy pick up. 

The Salvation Army will distribute the toys to children in need this December during Toyland Days.
 

ABATE of Nebraska, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization consisting of motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the State of Nebraska. District 6 is comprised of members throughout the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan and surrounding areas. Our goals and purposes are to keep motorcyclists, members, and the public informed, promote safe riding habits, and encourage favorable legislation for the motorcycling lifestyle. We are active members of the community and are engaged in supporting issues where we feel we can make a difference.

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The Salvation Army Kroc Center's Fourth Annual BaconFest Omaha to Take Place This Weekend


Discounted Tickets Now Available

What: BaconFest Omaha offers a wide range of activities including games, bacon tasting, vendors and more. The Kids Corral will be located in the gym, and features games and crafts for children of all ages to enjoy. Bounce houses, mechanical pony rides and pig races are among the activities that will be offered. Demonstrations will be held on the stage offered by Kroc Center staff and Kroc Center partners including Kicking Tigers Taekwondo. BaconFest Omaha attendees will be given an all-day pass to the Kroc Center, including access to the swimming pools, as well as unlimited bacon samples.


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The Salvation Army's Fight to End Trafficking Program to Launch Sept. 15

News Conference to Be Held at Divisional Headquarters


What:
A news conference to recognize the launch of The Salvation Army’s Fight to End Trafficking (SAFE-T) program. Details regarding case management services will be announced. The hotline number being released is 888-373-7888. This number will take callers to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, which will then direct callers to a SAFE-T specialist in Nebraska. Callers must go through the listed hotline number to get through to the 24/7 SAFE-T line.

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The Salvation Army Fight to End Human Trafficking Program Set to Launch
 

News Conference To Be Held Sept. 15


The Salvation Army and the Nebraska Attorney General's Office were awarded a grant by the Office of Justice Programs from the U.S. Department of Justice. The combined grants total $1.5 million over a three-year period of time.

The purpose of the award is to support the development an enhancement of multi-disciplinary human trafficking task forces that will implement victim-centered, collaborative and ongoing approaches to address trafficking across the state.

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The Salvation Army Kroc Center Presents Fourth Annual BaconFest Omaha

Tickets Now Available


The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be sizzling with enjoyment on Sunday, September 18, for its fourth annual BaconFest Omaha. This afternoon of food, family and fun will be held from 1-5 p.m. on the Festival Plaza of the Kroc Center, 2825 Y St. The event will be held rain or shine.

BaconFest Omaha offers a wide range of activities including games, bounce houses, bacon tasting, vendors and more. The Kids Corral will feature games, crafts and inflatables for children of all ages to enjoy. Demonstrations will be held on the stage offered by Kroc Center Staff and Kroc Center Partners including Kicking Tigers Taekwondo.

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The Salvation Army Topping Off Ceremony

A Topping Off Ceremony was held Thursday, July 21, at the site of The Omaha Salvation Army's Renaissance Village. A new facility is under construction to take the place of the Renaissance Center building, which will be demolished after more than a century of serving Omaha. Transitional and mental health housing will be established at the new facility at 3612 Cuming St. Construction is on schedule with the ceremony marking the halfway point of completion. 

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Renaissance Village Summer Construction Update


Much progress has been made in the construction of The Salvation Army’s Renaissance Village since the spring.

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The Salvation Army 7 Can Help Kids Back To School Backpack Drive: School Supply Distribution August 12 & 13



After a successful distribution day this past Saturday, The Salvation Army and KETV 7 Can Help Kids will once again give new backpacks and school supplies to families this Friday and Saturday. The times and locations of the final two distribution days are as follows:

August 12 & 13, 9 a.m. – noon, 1 – 3 p.m. at the Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.
August 12 & 13, 9 a.m. – noon, 1 – 3 p.m.  at the Omaha North Corps Community Center, 2424 Pratt St.

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United Way of the Midlands Awards $353,900 to The Salvation Army

Grant to fund social service programs

The Salvation Army is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $353,900 grant from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of many, the United Way of the Midlands was able to provide funding to our Omaha and Council Bluffs Corps, as well as our many social service programs.

With the help of this grant, The Salvation Army is able to offer services to people of all ages. Funded programs include the transitional housing programs, recreational programs, feeding programs, youth enrichment programs and tutoring, counseling services, material assistance and seasonal services. 

"We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with the United Way. Through the generosity of the many donors to the United Way, The Salvation Army will continue to assist the people of Omaha who need us the most," said Major Greg Thompson, divisional commander of The Salvation Army Western Division.

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The Omaha Salvation Army Receives a Shipment of 404 Fans


WHAT:
    The oppressive heat of recent weeks has quickly depleted the Salvation Army’s fan supply. With the end of summer still weeks away, their work of distributing fans is far from over.

This week, they will receive a new supply of 404 box fans from Westlake ACE Hardware.

Westlake recently hosted a fan drive to benefit The Salvation Army, and Omaha-area customers generously donated enough funds to purchase 404 new box fans to help their fellow citizens in need.

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The Salvation Army Offers Relief from Heat
Beginning Sunday, The Salvation Army community cooling centers will be open for people who need a break from the extreme heat. Centers will be open this coming week at the following locations:

Burrows Center Lobby, 6101 NW Radial Highway: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.: Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
North Corps, 2424 Pratt St.: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lied Renaissance Center Lobby, 3612 Cuming St.: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Citadel Corps, 3836 Cuming St.: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m.
– 4:30 p.m.
Council Bluffs Corps, 715 N. 16th St.:
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.   

Donations of bottled water is a major need for cooling center operations. There will be water available at the locations above.

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The Salvation Army 7 Can Help Kids Back To School Backpack Program in Need of Donations

The Salvation Army and KETV 7 Can Help Kids are collecting new school supplies to help thousands of local students get ready to go back to school this August. Thanks to the generosity of the community, more than 160,000 children have been helped since the program began in 1998.

Donations of new supplies can be dropped off at local Baker’s locations, Methodist clinics and hospitals, and Fun-Plex. Look for the blue collection barrels inside each location.

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The Salvation Army Renaissance Village Topping Off Ceremony Set for July 21


What:
A new facility is under construction to take the place of The Salvation Army’s Renaissance Center building, which will be demolished after more than a century of serving Omaha. A topping off or beam signing is a part of builders’ rites traditionally held when the last beam is placed atop a structure. Complimentary pizza and refreshments will be served at the topping off ceremony.

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The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center Groundbreaking Ceremony


When:  Thursday, July 7, at 10 a.m.

Where:  The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

What:  The Omaha Kroc Center will soon be undergoing substantial facility enhancements beginning with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 18,000-square-foot addition.

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The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for July 7


The Omaha Kroc Center will soon be undergoing substantial facility enhancements beginning with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 18,000 square foot addition. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, at the Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

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World's Largest Swim Lesson™ Set to Make a Difference


The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center Serving as Official Host Location

On Friday, June 24, beginning at 10 a.m., tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the seventh year in a row to send the message that Swimming Lessons Save Lives.™ A global event, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), will take place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 500 locations in more than 20 countries.

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The Salvation Army Omaha Kicks Off Fan Drive

Westlake Ace Hardware Teams up with Charity to Raise Money for Fans

WHAT:     Kickoff celebration for The Salvation Army’s annual Westlake Ace Fan Drive at 140th & W Center Road in Omaha

Temperatures are on the rise and The Salvation Army needs help restocking its supply of fans to help those in need beat the inevitable heat.

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The Salvation Army Celebrates National Donut Day


Entenmann's, Lamar's and Krispy Kreme Joining the Celebration


The Salvation Army in Chicago began celebrating National Donut Day in 1938 to aid those in need during the Great Depression, as well as to commemorate the work of the “donut lassies” who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Since 2010, Entenmann’s has partnered with The Salvation Army for National Donut Day, which takes place each year on the first Friday of June. This year is no exception. As a part of a sweepstakes deal, Entenmann’s, produced by Bimbo Bakeries USA, is donating 432 donuts to the Omaha Salvation Army.


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Omaha Salvation Army and Food Bank for the Heartland on Board for Kids Cruisin' Kitchen Again This Summer


While their classmates are swimming and playing outdoors during summer vacation, 92,000 Nebraska children will be worrying about finding their next meal. The summer months are especially difficult for kids at-risk of hunger and their families. Forty percent of children in Nebraska receive free or reduced school lunches, and in some schools, these percentages climb as high as 80 and 90. These children are seeking other resources for meals when school is out of session.

To combat the epidemic of childhood hunger in Nebraska, The Omaha Salvation Army and Food Bank for the Heartland are collaborating again this summer for the Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen program (KCK).

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National Donut Day Celebrates The Salvation Army's History of Giving
 
National Donut Day takes place each year on the first Friday of June. Since 2010, Entenmann’s has partnered with The Salvation Army for National Donut Day. This year is no exception. As a part of a sweepstakes deal, Entenmann’s is donating six cases of donuts, 432 in all, to the Omaha Salvation Army. Deliveries to various organizations and businesses are scheduled for June 3.   

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63rd Annual National Salvation Army Week Highlights the Importance of Giving Back and Thanking Supporters


The Salvation Army celebrates the 63rd annual National Salvation Army Week, May 9 – 15. The Omaha Salvation Army has supported the community for 127 years through a wide array of social service programs that provide people in need with food, shelter, clothing, disaster relief and counseling.

The Salvation Army has planned numerous events locally and nationally to encourage giving and to thank people for their charitable donations of time, money and resources. In Omaha, National Salvation Army Week is recognized through a series of events aimed at “Doing the Most Good.”

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Veterans Preservation Project


In the past couple of years I have really enjoyed discovering my family history. I’ve become known as our family preservationist – salvaging scrapbooks, address books, photos and letters of our family.

Last summer I overheard my cousin Pat asking, "What do we do with the box of letters Dad had written home to his mother during World War II?" Thinking there would be a few dozen, I said, "Give them to me, I’d be happy to read them!"

Little did I know what I was getting myself into.

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63rd Annual Salvation Army Week Highlights the Importance of Giving Back and Thanking Supporters


The Salvation Army celebrates the 63rd annual Salvation Army Week, May 9 – 15, 2016. The Omaha Salvation Army has supported the community for 127 years through a wide array of social service programs that provide people in need with food, shelter, clothing, disaster relief and counseling.

The Salvation Army has planned numerous events locally and nationally to encourage giving and to thank people for their charitable donations of time, money and resources. In Omaha, Salvation Army Week is recognized through a series of events aimed at “Doing the Most Good.”

During this commemorative week, Salvation Army representatives will make personal visits to community volunteers to thank them for their support throughout the year.

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Local Teens to Receive Scholarships at The Salvation Army D.J.'s Hero Awards Luncheon

Omaha area locals Elijah Clark, Shoe Hla and Emmitt Knight will be among the nine Nebraska high school seniors to receive a $10,000 D.J.’s Hero scholarship at The Salvation Army luncheon on Tuesday, May 10. The event will be held at the CenturyLink Center and begins at 11:45 a.m. 

Recipients are chosen based on their ability to face adversity with bravery and perseverance while becoming leaders who make a difference in their communities and schools. They were selected from nominations sent from towns and cities throughout Nebraska. 

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Seats Still Available for D.J.’s Hero Luncheon - The Salvation Army to Recognize Nine Young Heroes

Reservations are still open for the 17th annual D.J.'s Hero Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 10. Reserve seats ($150 each or $1500 for a table of 10) by contacting Mari Heller at 402-898-5909 or visiting salarmyomaha.org to download a reservation form and mail it to the listed address.
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Building Hope Capital Campaign Construction Update

The construction of the new Renaissance Village has come a long way since the groundbreaking ceremony in June 2015.

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Women's Auxiliary Board to Host Annual Fundraiser

Each year, The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary raises money to assist the corps, social services programs, Adult Rehabilitation Center and camps in the Omaha metro area. Last year, the auxiliary raised over $57,000 towards programs and services. In addition, they donate thousands of volunteer hours each year. This dedicated group of women is hosting their annual fundraiser Tastes & Treasures. The cost is $75 to attend.

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The Salvation Army Recognizes Impact of Volunteers during National Volunteer Week


National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration in the United States and Canada, takes place from April 10 – 16. National Volunteer Week is meant to honor, recognize and thank those volunteers who give their valuable time to help do the most good. First established by President Richard Nixon in 1974, it is now organized by the Point of Light Foundation.

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The Salvation Army and UNO Students Team up for Just Can It!


WHAT:     The Salvation Army is partnering with University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for the 13th annual Just Can It! — a food drive and homelessness awareness event to stock The Salvation Army food pantry. UNO students are sleeping outdoors in cardboard homes and accept donations of money and non-perishable food.

WHERE:     Infiniti Lot of Baxter Arena, just off of West Center Road.

WHEN:     Food will be collected every day until noon Friday, April 1. A special barbeque and concert featuring Superman’s Hero will take place Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Just Can It! Kicks Off March 28 to Stock Salvation Army Food Pantry


The Salvation Army is partnering with University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for the 13th annual Just Can It! — a food drive and homelessness awareness event to stock Salvation Army food pantry. UNO students will sleep outdoors in cardboard homes and accept donations of money and non-perishable food from Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 1.

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An Easter Message from The Salvation Army’s World Leader



General André Cox, International Salvation Army leader, has a special message to share this Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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The Salvation Army to Reopen Ottumwa as Service Extension Unit
A year and a half after closing its Corps Community Center operation in Ottumwa for business reasons, The Salvation Army is opening a Service Extension Unit to continue serving the community. At the current time, the unit will be operated and staffed strictly with volunteers.

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The Salvation Army Continues Its Call for Nominations of Young Heroes, Featured Speaker Announced



The Salvation Army continues to seek nominations for the 2016 D.J.’s Hero Scholarship Awards. Seven Nebraska high school seniors will be chosen to receive the award, named in honor of the late D.J. Sokol, for their commitment to others and to their community.


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Parents' Night Out at The Salvation Army Kroc Center


When: 
   Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where:    The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street

What:     Parent’s Night Out 


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The Salvation Army Searches for Young Heroes


The Salvation Army is seeking nominations for the 2016 D.J.’s Hero Scholarship Awards. Seven Nebraska high school seniors will be chosen to receive the award, named in honor of the late D.J. Sokol, for their commitment to others and to the community.

Nominations must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 2, 2016, to be eligible for entry. Forms are available at most Nebraska high school guidance offices, online at SalArmyOmaha.org or by calling 402-898-5906.

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The Salvation Army Old Market Employee Emergency Fund Needs Assessments Begin Feb. 1

In partnership with Old Market business owners, The Salvation Army activated a disaster relief fund to assist the employees affected by the Old Market fire in the M's building in downtown Omaha on January 9.

Old Market employees in need of human services including material assistance and other basic necessities, are encouraged to apply for assistance from the newly created fund. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to this emergency fund.

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The Salvation Army and the LGBT Community


Each year, thanks to generous donations, The Salvation Army serves nearly 30 million Americans - or one person every second - from a variety of backgrounds. People who come to us for assistance will be served according to their need and our capacity to help - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.


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National Study Quantifies Impact of Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers, Underscores Long-Term Benefits of Community Investment

 

Eleven years after Joan Kroc’s historic $1.5 billion bequest to The Salvation Army, 26
Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers ­– including Omaha – are now open, providing a variety of cultural, educational, fitness and social programs in neighborhoods that historically have lacked them. In a study commissioned by The Salvation Army, researchers at Partners for Sacred Places and McClanahan Associates, Inc. quantified the annual positive social and economic impact these centers are creating for and in their communities, totaling $258,178,776 (based on 2014 data).

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The Salvation Army Kroc Center Celebrates Five Years Serving the Omaha Community

The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center is celebrating five years of making Omaha a better place.  In those five years, over one million people have entered the Kroc Center for programs, services, and community events.


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